Swamp Monster 4

Swamp Monster 4 (circa 1982)

I’ve been looking for this book for a few years now and I’m happy to say that it’s finally in my collection! This is the last of 4 Australian publisher, Murray Comics editions that I’ve had trouble tracking down. This copy happens to be in great shape and was purchased at a very reasonable price.

The over-sized, Australian edition collects 6 stories, 5 are Swamp Thing stories.
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Swamp Thing 21 (1976)
Requiem
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Swamp Thing 14 (1975)
The Tomorrow Children
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Constantine The Hellblazer 12

Constantine The Hellblazer 12 (2016)
Dealmakers and Dealbreakers

There have been rumblings that Swamp Thing will make his way into the new Constantine Rebirth series but until then Swampy has a little appearance in the new issue of Constantine The Hellblazer.
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I’m omitting the plot summary for this issue and sticking with sharing some of my favorite Swamp Thing panels. For a list of recent and upcoming Swamp Thing appearances be sure to check out the New Releases page. I’m always updating the page to keep up with new Swamp Thing related releases.
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I haven’t read this entire Constantine the Hellblazer series except for those that have featured Swamp Thing. The books I’ve read I’ve enjoyed.
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Swampy doesn’t think much of Deadman’s puns.

I enjoy this style of Swampy. It’s sketchy and feels more playful, almost cartoony.
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Swamp Monster 1

Swamp Monster 1 (1981)

There are a few Swamp Thing related books on my short list of must haves. Most of those books are non-US editions and fanzines. I’ve been looking for this issue of Swamp Monster for a few years now and finally this sought after Australian edition made its way into my clutches!
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Murray Publishers, out of Australia, released numerous comic editions in the 80’s. Many of them came in the form of albums featuring multiple stories and titles. I’m not quite sure if they continued into the 90’s or if they are still at it to this day.
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This edition reprints Swamp Thing 1-4 of series 1. In case you forgot your series 1 staples they are: Dark Genesis, The Man Who Wanted Forever, The Patchwork Man, Monster on the Moors
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I just can’t get enough of these oversized black and white Wrightson reprints
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Superman Pocketbook 11

Superman Pocketbook 11 (1979)

This UK edition, the same as its German counterpart  Superman Taschenbuch, reprints DC Comics Presents #8.
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DC Comics Presents #8 (1979)
The Sixty Deaths of Solomon Grundy
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The book reprints four more classic stories as well

World’s Finest Comics #212 (1972)
And So My World Begins!
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World’s Finest Comics #256 (1979)
The Werewolf of Krypton!
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Superboy #194 (1973)
The Super-Merman of the Sea
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This edition also includes Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes #246 (1978) Will the Last One to Leave Mercury Please Close the Planet?. I didn’t bother to snap a photo of the title page since this edition is almost identical to the German edition I wrote about in the past.

French Edition – House of Secrets 92

Spectral Trimestriel No. 8 (1979)
La Créature

This French pocket comic reprints Swamp Thing’s first appearance from House of Secrets #92. I recieved the book in the mail last week from my friend Zac. I’ve mentioned Zac in the past but in case you forgot, he runs the Swamp Thing site Seeds and Leaves. I highly recommend stopping over and checking out his amazing database of information. He is another big Swampy fan that loves research. Thanks again Zac!
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The 164 page book reprints numerous other stories relating to ghosts and monsters.
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La Créature
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I’ve always enjoyed how cinematic this panel looks.
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The back cover features a great ad for a Hulk edition.
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Sumpfding

Phantastic Comics #57 – Sumpfding (1987)
Ein Leben für die Ewigkeit

This great, German, magazine-sized edition reprints Swamp Thing #1 and #2 of the first series
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I don’t know much about the Phantastic Comics line but I’ve been waiting to get a hold of this specific book for some time now.
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Dunkle Entstehung
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This is one of my favorite Wrightson panels. The details are beautiful. Although impossible, I would love to find out what books the government provided the Hollands for their research. A fan generated list would be fun to create.
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“what’s that Mutt? A green muck-monster tied to the undercarriages of a plane?”
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Another classic Wrightson panel. an interview that will be featured in the upcoming Swamp Thing zine, Wrightson sheds some light on his influence for this panel. I’m extremely excited to have an interview with Berni in the book. I can’t wait to share it.
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The first appearance of Patchwork Man
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Back cover:
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Spectral #3 French Edition

Spectral #3 – Avec La Creature du Marais (1985)
La Creature de Cristal

This French, pocket-sized edition reprints the two part story featuring Nat and Sally Broder, Phantom Stranger and Swamp Thing. Like Swamp Thing, Nat was transformed into a monster after a lab explosion. After Nat’s accident, he tries to use his new found powers to control the world. For more information on the two issue story arc, see my previous posts: ST #14, ST #15.
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Besides the wonderful black and white reprints these non-US editions offer, I love the reconfigured page layouts. Above is a great example of new artwork added to a reprint so the layout works within the new format. In the original issue, the bottom panel doesn’t display Swamp Thing’s full face. An artist drew the rest of his face for this edition giving us a pretty good idea of how exceptional Swamp Thing’s dental plan is. Continue reading “Spectral #3 French Edition”